Newsletter33_June2008 - Bioenergy Australia

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 fostering biomass for energy and products                                 June 2008


Bioenergy Australia Membership Update

The Bioenergy Australia membership now includes 66 organisations. Recent new members are National
Biofuels Group, Siemens Limited, Poyry, Rocky Point Distillery, Murdoch University, Winwick
Business Solutions and A3P.

Bioenergy Australia wishes to further expand its membership and invites interested organisations to
contact the Bioenergy Australia Manager, Dr Stephen Schuck on tel/fax (02) 9416 9246 or email:
sschuck@bigpond.net.au if your organisation is interested in joining this government-industry bioenergy
forum. Bioenergy Australia has a membership tier to cater for universities and for organisations with an
annual turnover of less than $2 million per annum.
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Bioenergy Australia Algae Workshop 27 March Canberra

Bioenergy Australia held a very successful meeting on microalgae as a feedstock for bioenergy and
bioproducts as part of its 27 March quarterly meeting, held in Canberra. This meeting was attended by
125 participants. The presentations from this meeting are currently on the Bioenergy Australia web page
at http://www.bioenergyaustralia.org.


Bioenergy Australia 2008 Conference - Melbourne 8-10 December 2008

Bioenergy Australia will be holding its next annual conference on 8-9 December 2008, with a technical
tour to bioenergy related destinations planned for 10 December. This follows on from the very
successful 2007 conference, which was attended by over 240 delegates. The venue for this year’s
conference will be the Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne.

Expressions of Interest are sought from potential paper and poster presenters, sponsors and trade
exhibitors. Please contact Stephen Schuck, Bioenergy Australia Manager, Tel/Fax: (02) 9416 9246
Email: sschuck@bigpond.net.au to express your interest.


National Climate Change Policies Review – Australia

Lindsay Tanner, the Minister for Finance and Deregulation and Penny Wong, the Minister for Climate
Change and Water, have announced a strategic review of the Government’s climate change policies.
Roger Wilkins, of Citigroup and former head of the NSW Cabinet Office, is leading the review which
will develop a set of principles to assess whether existing programs are complementary to an emissions
trading scheme. The review will also inform the Commonwealth’s input into COAG, which has
committed to developing a coherent and streamlined set of climate change measures across jurisdictions
to complement Commonwealth implementation of the emissions trading system. The review is due to
report to the Government in July 2008.




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Australian Government Waste Management Inquiry

Waste management is the subject of a current parliamentary inquiry by the Senate Environment,
Communication and the Arts Committee. The terms of reference are:
    trends in waste production in Australia across household, consumer, commercial and industrial
       waste streams;
    effectiveness of existing strategies to reduce, recover or reuse waste from different waste
       streams;
    potential new strategies to reduce, recover or reuse waste from different waste streams;
    economic, environmental and social benefits and costs of such strategies;
    policy priorities to maximise the efficiency and efficacy of efforts to reduce, recover or reuse
       waste from different waste streams;
    consideration of the Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008.

Bioenergy Australia has provided a brief submission, including a Task 36 report on the use of Municipal
Solid Waste as an energy source from its IEA Bioenergy participation. The Committee will table its
report by August 2008. See:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/eca_ctte/aust_waste_streams/index.htm
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Timetable for Emissions Trading Scheme

Senator Penny Wong, Minister for Climate Change and Water, has announced the Australian
Government’s detailed timetable for introduction of emissions trading.
         March to June 2008: preliminary consultations on technical issues with industry and non-
           government groups
         July 2008: public release of a Green Paper on emissions trading design
         December 2008: public release of exposure draft legislation and a firm indication by
           Government of planned medium-term trajectory of the scheme
         March - Mid 2009: Bill considered by Parliament
         2009: Consultation on emissions trading regulations
         3rd quarter 2009: Act enters into force, regulator established
         2010: Emissions trading scheme will commence.
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New Measures for Clean and Renewable Technologies Announced

Three new measures for clean and renewable technologies were announced in the Federal Budget,
including the $150 million Energy Innovation Fund (EIF); $500 million Renewable Energy Fund (REF);
and the $500 million National Clean Coal Fund (NCCF).

The Energy Innovation Fund has a number of objectives: to restore and maintain Australia’s world
leadership in solar energy research and development; to develop and advance Australia’s research and
development capabilities and intellectual property in clean energy technologies; to increase the level of
collaboration within Australia and internationally on clean energy research and development; and to
create clean energy technology development, growth and export opportunities for Australian businesses.
The Fund will commence on 1 July 2008 for four years until 30 June 2012. Consultation on the rollout of
the Fund has commenced and will continue in the second half of 2008.

Funding of $50 million will be provided through the Clean Energy Program, a new program targeted at
general clean energy research and development, including energy efficiency, energy storage technologies
and hydrogen transport fuels. The Program will have a competitive merit-based application process.



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The Renewable Energy Fund, including the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program and the Second
Generation (Gen2) Biofuels Research and Development Program, will support the adoption of renewable
energy technologies in Australia. It is intended that the Renewable Energy Fund will help to reduce the
cost of demonstrating and deploying key energy technologies that may play a critical role in energy
supply and security over the next few decades. Direct beneficiaries of the Renewable Energy fund will
be the renewable energy industry as the Federal Government is providing $500 million over 6 years,
including $15 million over three years for the Second Generation (Gen2) Biofuels Research and
Development Program. The program will commence on 1 July 2009 and continue to 30 June 2015.
Funding will be subject to competitive, merit-based processes for the various elements of the Fund.
Consultation on program guidelines will occur in the second half of 2008.

Other allocations set out in the Climate Change Portfolio Overview comprise:

     A Garnaut Climate Change Review contribution of $0.7 million in 2008-09
     the Climate Change and Forestry Adaptation Action Plan, which will involve an assessment of the
      capacity of forests to sequester carbon - $8.0 million over 2009-10 to 2011-12.

The former government’s Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, the Asia Pacific Partnership
on Clean Development and Climate, and the Asia-Pacific Network for Energy Technology are all being
terminated. The Government has also reduced funding to the Ethanol Distribution Program in 2007-08.
The program provides grants of up to $20,000 for service stations to adapt fuel systems to supply
ethanol-blended petrol. Overall Program funding of $11 million in 2008-09 and $2.3 million in 2009-10
will be maintained.
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Victoria Boosts Renewables Spending by $72 Million

The Victorian Government has committed over $187 million in funding to a range of low emissions
energy technology initiatives. $10 million will support Sustainable Energy R&D, including renewable
energy, energy efficiency and clean distributed generation. Victoria could reduce emissions to 47%
below 2000 levels by 2050 by implementing just 10 actions capable of delivering early and deep cuts,
according to research released by the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. It was announced
that the government would invest an additional $72 million for renewable energy projects under the
state's Energy Technology Innovation Strategy.
http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/dpi/dpinenergy.nsf/LinkView/916FB089198CC145CA2572BB000985B4AF
E5D9442E22210ACA2572BB00096717
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40 MW Energy Plant Joint Venture

WA Biomass has engaged Connell Wagner to undertake a detailed environmental impact assessment of
their proposed 40MW bioenergy plant and to seek planning approval for the proposal from the Shire of
Manjimup. The Diamond Mill biomass plant is expected to cost $110 million to build and will create
around 350 short-term and 100 long-term jobs, direct and indirect, with an estimated additional $4-5
million per year in household income. The plant will provide 40MW of energy from approximately
380,000 tonnes per annum of plantation forest waste. The site is on cleared land located adjacent to the
existing Diamond Mill timber operation, approximately 8km south of Manjimup. The power station will
be a conventional steam cycle plant generating electrical power, which will be supplied to the South
West Interconnected System (SWIS).
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Dandenong Bioenergy Plant Under Construction

Consolidated Energy and Resources (Vic) Pty Ltd is building an integrated green waste processing and
energy facility in Ordish Rd, Dandenong. Due for completion at the end of 2008, it should save 60,000
tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions each year. The plant will use fluidised bed
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combustion technology to power a 2 MW steam turbine generator that is expected to produce 24,600
MWh of bioelectricity per year. Sustainability Victoria is supporting the green waste to energy
generation plant with $800,000 from the Victorian Government's Renewable Energy Support Fund.
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Australia’s Ethtec Ethanol Production

Australia’s Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec) has announced a three-year $20 million project. A
new patented fuel ethanol production process will be commercialised with technology that converts
fibrous biomass to ethanol and generates surplus electricity from combustion of the lignin co-product.
New technology processes to be brought online at the new plant during the next three years include:
• Phase 1: Hydrolysis: concentrated sulphuric acid treatment of woody biomass feedstock to produce
sugars using a twin screw extruder and tube reactor.
• Phase 2: Lignin separation and acid recovery: separation of the lignin and the acid from the sugars,
recycling of the acid for continuous production and recovery of the lignin for combustion to provide
process energy.
• Phase 3: Fermentation: simultaneous fermentation of the pentose and hexose sugars to ethanol using
newly developed micro-organisms.
• Phase 4: Ethanol recovery: from the fermentation broth by induced phase separation using potassium
carbonate, simultaneously treating and recycling the water to production.
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Biofacts

   The port of Rotterdam handled 1.2 Mt of biodiesel in 2007, up from the 250,000 tonnes which the
    port handled in 2006. Bioethanol similarly rose from 500,000 tonnes in 2006 to 1.6 Mt in 2007.
   About 12 percent of vehicles sold in Sweden in 2007 were E85 models. Those vehicles qualify for
    a 20 percent tax break and many local governments give flex-fuel vehicles free parking.
   The biggest European wood energy producing countries consume together 166 million m³ (40% of
    total wood volumes used for energy generation in Europe). Major wood energy-consuming
    countries are:
                                 Country              Million m³
                                 France                   50
                                 Sweden                   41
                                 Germany                  40
                                 Finland                  35

   The bioenergy industry in Germany had a turnover of €10 billion ($16 billion) in 2007, while
    employing 96,100 people. About 12 percent of agricultural land in Germany is currently given over
    to the production of biofuels to meet an EU target of having 5.75 percent of all vehicle fuel derived
    from biodiesel by 2010.
   There are currently 3,000 biogas plants operating in Germany.
   Current biodiesel production in the U.S. is 1,703 million litres per year, which is 0.8 percent of the
    distillate oil consumed.
   The combined capacity for biofuel using palm oil as a feedstock in Indonesia is 1.7 million tonnes
    per year and the country exported an estimated 300,000 tonnes in 2007. (source: Indonesian
    Biofuel Producers' Association.)


Biomass on the Internet


The Internet provides a valuable source of information on biomass and allied topics. Below are some
Internet addresses to supplement the 1,600 odd addresses given in the previous 32 issues of the

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Bioenergy Australia newsletters. These lists are consolidated as electronic links on Bioenergy
Australia’s web page at http://www.bioenergyaustralia.org. These links are available within an Excel file
to allow interested persons to download the file and work with them off-line.

Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences – Cornell University, USA
         http://www.GrassBioenergy.org
HAASE anaerobic digestion technology
         http://www.haase.de .
Biofuels Works
         http://www.biofuelswork.com
FAO ethanol production material
         http://www.fao.org/docrep/w7241e/w7241e00.htm
Florida Farm to Fuel Initiative
         http://www.floridafarmtofuel.com/
Bites - Biofuels Technologies European Showcase
         http://www.biofuelshowcase.eu/
Biobutanol – BP and Dupont
         http://www2.dupont.com/Biofuels/en_US/
Effective and Low-disturbing Biofuels (Elobio)
         http://www.elobio.eu
MBD Biodiesel
         http://www.mbdbiodiesel.com
American Biofuels Council
         http://www.americanbiofuelscouncil.com/programs
Environmental Energy, Inc.(EEI), - butanol
         http://www.butanol.com
British Columbia Bioenergy Strategy
         http://www.energyplan.gov.bc.ca/bioenergy
UN Asia Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery
         http://www.unapcaem.org
Biomass to Substitute Natural Gas
         http://www.biosng.com/
20 MWe power plant in Thailand
         http://www.energy.poyry.com/projects/TH2025_ATB.pdf
Biomass Power Plant in California – precis of each one
         http://www.industcards.com/biomass-usa-ca.htm
10 MWe Agrilectric Power Corporation
         http://agrilectricresearch.com/
Asia Carbon Global
         http://www.asiacarbon.com
Japanese Biomass Gasifier – CRIEPI
         http://www.resourcesaver.com/file/toolmanager/CustomO105C399F92025.pdf
Corky’s groups (micro bioenergy)
         http://www.corkys.net.au/index.html
Advanced Conversion Technology (Gasification) for Biomass Projects Report
         http://www.renewableseast.org.uk/Documents/Renewables%20East%20-
%20Gasification%20(Full%20Report).pdf
Mcgyan Biodiesel process
         http://augnet.augsburg.edu/news-archives/2008/03_09_08/sartec.html
Torrified wood pellets
         http://www.topell.nl/
CSIRO's Tree Seed Centre:
         http://www.ensisjv.com/WorkingwithEnsis/AustralianTreeSeedCentre/tabid/340/Default.aspx
Bioamass Gasifiers Supply List
         http://gasifiers.bioenergylists.org/gassupply
Advanced Biorefinery Inc

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        http://www.advbiorefineryinc.ca/technology/
BioWorks Australia (small scale biodiesel)
        http://www.bioworks.com.au/index.shtml
Solid Biomass in Germany
        http://www.renewables-made-in-germany.com/en/solid-biomass/
Canadian Gasifier Limited
        http://www.canfuel.com
Puffer Gas (Missouri wood gasifier)
        http://www.puffergas.com/index.html
Wood Waste - UK
        http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/topics/woodwaste.htm
Forests and carbon (PEFC certification)
        http://www.pefc.org/internet/html/news/4_1154_64/5_1105_1774.htm
Biofuels subsidy report from Global Subsidies Initiative
        http://www.iisd.org/pdf/2008/biofuels_subsidies_aus.pdf
Alliance for Synthetic Fuels in Europe
        http://www.synthetic-fuels.org/
Algae Link
        www.algaelink.com
National Algae Association
        http://www.nationalalgaeassociation.com/
German Biogas Industry
        http://www.renewables-made-in-germany.com/en/biogas
Feed-in tariff policy information
        http://www.feed-in-cooperation.org
Algae as a binder for pellet manufacture
        http://www.puffergas.com/fireballs/algaebinder/algaebinder1.html
Algae Production Systems (USA)
        http://www.algaeproductionsystems.com/
Advanced Biofuels USA
        http://www.AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org
Jatropha reality check
        http://www.ecoworld.com/blog/2008/03/07/jatropha-reality-check/
Food vs Fuel article
        http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1585
Nation Builder water resources
        http://www.nationbuilder.com.au
Perenia carbon services (Pacific Hydro and SMEC)
        http://www.pereniacarbon.com
Clean Development Mechanism rulebook (Baker and McKenzie)
        http://www.cdmrulebook.org/
USA biomass publications
        http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/publications.html
Fixed Dome Biodigester
        http://www.biogasnepal.org/biogas_designing.htm
Carmatec Biogas Digestor (Zimbabwe)
        http://www.energy.gov.zw/renewableenergy/Carmatec%20Biogas%20Digestor.htm
Swenska biogas
        http://www.scandinavianbiogas.com/
Energy Farm (Norway)
        http://www.energigarden.no/engelsk/index.html
EuropaBio Fact Sheet - Biofuels and food
        http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/Food_March08.pdf
EuropaBio Fact Sheet – Making biofuels sustainable
        http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/making_biofuels_sustainable_March08.pdf
EuropaBio Factsheet: Biofuels and land use

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         http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/land_use_March08.pdf
EuropaBio Factsheet: Biofuels and developing countries
         http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/Developing_countries_March08.pdf
EuropaBio Factsheet: Biofuels: Environmental sustainability criteria
         http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/sustainability_criteria-March08.pdf
Cost comparison fuels
         http://www.pelletheat.org/3/residential/compareFuel.cfm
Wood to Ethanol plant technical details (Tavda Hydrolysis Plant, Siberia, Russia)
         http://www.distill.com/woodhydrolysis/
CleanTech Biofuels
         http://www.cleantechbiofuels.net/
Zilkha direct fired biomass system (1.5 MWe)
         http://www.zilkha.com/zilkhabiomassunit.html
Choren Biomass to synthetic diesel plant
         http://www.theoildrum.com/node/3938
Oklahoma Bioenergy Center
         http://www.okbioenergycenter.org
Mesquite, leucaena and prosopis trees- a new use:
         http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1996/V3-133.html
REEGLE provides information on clean energy policy
         http://www.reegle.info.
Japanese Central Research Institute for Electric Power Industry
         http://www.resourcesaver.com/file/toolmanager/CustomO105C399F92025.pdf
Biochar interview with Lukas van Zwieten NSW DPI
         http://beyondzeroemissions.org/2008/03/30/lukas-van-zwieten-nsw-dpi-biochar-agrichar-terra-
preta-soil-trials-zero-carbon
EU, UK move on biofuel sustainability article
         http://www.carbonpositive.net/viewarticle.aspx?articleID=1039
REFUEL biofuels roadmap for Europe
         http://www.refuel.eu/fileadmin/refuel/user/docs/REFUEL_final_road_map.pdf
Institute for Applied Ecology (Germany)
         http://www.oeko.de/service/bio
The FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation).
         http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000782/index.html
New CEN/TC 335 biomass standards
         http://www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk/portal/page?_pageid=77,19836&_dad=portal&_schema
=PORTAL
"Biogas processes for sustainable development" by Uri Marchaim,
       http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0541e/T0541E00.htm#Contents
Biomethane from Dairy Waste: A Sourcebook for the Production and Use of Renewable Natural Gas in
California"
         http://www.suscon.org/news/biomethane_report/index.asp
Bioenergy & Biobased Products Roadmap
       http://www.brdisolutions.com/Site%20Docs/Roadmap/OBP_roadmapv2_web.pdf
Highlights from the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference March 2008 at:
       http://www.wirec2008.gov/wps/portal/wirec2008
Manual for a charcoal gasifier from Queensland:
         http://www.puffergas.com/historic/pederick/manual/cover.html
UK's new Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO)
         http://www.biofuels-news.com/news/uk_rtfo.html
EuropaBio Fact Sheet - Biofuels and food (6pp)
         http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/Food_March08.pdf
EuropaBio Fact Sheet – Making biofuels sustainable (3pp)
         http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/making_biofuels_sustainable_March08.pdf
EuropaBio Factsheet: Biofuels and land use (4pp)
         http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/land_use_March08.pdf

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EuropaBio Factsheet: Biofuels and developing countries (5pp)
        http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/Developing_countries_March08.pdf
EuropaBio Factsheet: Biofuels: Environmental sustainability criteria (2pp)
        http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/sustainability_criteria-March08.pdf
Historic small scale gasifiers
        http://www.puffergas.com/historic/missouri/missouri.html
Ethanol and Land Use Changes
        http://www.newrules.org/de/Ethanol-and-Land-Use.pdf
butanol article
        http://www.ethanol.org/pdf/contentmgmt/March_07_ET_secondary.pdf


International
World Bioenergy Association Formed

The World Bioenergy Association, a global organisation for the fast growing bioenergy sector, was
launched at the World Bioenergy 2008 Conference in Jönköping, Sweden in late May. The inaugural
meeting of its interim board was held at the conference.

The aim of the new organisation is to be a global voice for bioenergy, and to promote the use of
bioenergy in a sustainable and economically efficient way. The World Bioenergy Association will also
participate in the development of certification systems to ensure that the fuels are produced in an
environmentally friendly and sustainable way, and under acceptable working and social conditions. The
organisation will promote trade with biofuels and biomass, standardisation of fuels, technical
development and research. An important task is to monitor the potential for bioenergy in different parts
of the world. The organisation is open for membership by national and regional bioenergy associations,
and for associated commercial enterprises in the bioenergy field.

Bioenergy Australia has been invited to participate in the World Bioenergy Association. This approach
is currently being considered by the Bioenergy Australia management team.


New Bioenergy and Greenhouse Gases Report from the USA

A new report by Dr Gregory Morris for the Green Power Institute’s Renewable Energy Program of the
Pacific Institute shows that bioenergy reduces greenhouse gas emissions and makes a positive impact on
the environment. The report finds that in addition to being carbon neutral, bioenergy can contribute to
healthier and more resilient forests. Morris says the biomass benefits could be included as offsets in a
greenhouse gas tracking program, and that the value of the greenhouse-gas offsets should improve the
competitiveness of energy production from biomass and biogas resources in the energy marketplace of
the future.

The 50 page report, entitled ‘Bioenergy and Greenhouse Gases’ is available at:
http://www.pacinst.org/reports/Bioenergy_and_Greenhouse_Gases/Bioenergy_and_Greenhouse_Gases.p
df


Dutch- Malaysian Microalgae Development

Ingrepo BV, a Dutch biotechnology company specialising in industrial large-scale algae production,
plans to invest some Euro10 million over the next five years to grow the micro algae industry in
Malaysia. Ingrepo will partner with Biomac Sdn Bhd to undertake research and development for strain
selection for Malaysia's climate and to assess the economics for local conditions. It is expected that the
production plants, or PowerFarms will be ready for commercialisation within a year. Initially Ingrepo
and Biomac will experiment with a 1 ha site and power plant in Technology Park Malaysia, Kuala

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Lumpur. Biomac has obtained a RM10 million Techno Fund grant from the Ministry of Science,
Technology and Innovation. The venture is also holding talks with state governments to provide them
with between 5,000 ha and 10,000 ha for the business.


Wood Fired Co-Generation in Fiji

Tropik Wood Industries Limited has commissioned a 12.3 MW cogeneration facility at its saw milling
complex in Lautoka, Fiji Islands. Tropik together with Ajynk Limited of New Zealand developed and
project managed the development through to its official opening in late April 2008. The power plant is
fuelled using wood waste from the existing on-site saw milling and wood chip production. The suppliers
of the major plant were RCR Energy for the boiler, Siemens for the turbine generator and Cooling Tower
New Zealand for the cooling water system.

Tropik has a pre- existing 3 MW generation for its own use and added a further 9.3MW upon agreeing
on a power purchase agreement with Fiji Electricity Authority to supply approximately 75 gigawatt-
hours per annum into the national grid. The cost of the enhanced facility was NZ$24 million. Tropik
has become Fiji’s the first Independent Power Producer.
                                                                                    source: Friday Offcuts



Biorefining Status Report

The Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group in Wageningen, The Netherlands has published a 110
page status report on Biorefining. Biorefining is a relatively new research area, in which biomass is
converted into several product streams. These products could range from heat and power, to fuels and
‘green’ chemicals. The report provides an overview of the current status and developments in
biorefining, from a Dutch, European and global perspective. The description of the current status
includes an overview of existing and ongoing developments including the use of lignocellulosic
feedstocks, aquatic biomass, and thermochemical conversion.

The report contains descriptions of pilot and demonstration work, development projects and network
activities, and a conclusion. The full report is at:
http://www.senternovem.nl/mmfiles/Status%20Report%20Biorefinery%202007_tcm24-248736.pdf.


First-round Support for US Energy Biosciences Institute

The Energy Biosciences Institute, the world's largest public/private consortium for applying
biotechnology in the energy sector, has announced an initial total of 49 projects for funding. BP will
contribute the sum of US$500 million to this 10-year program, with US$20 million of this being
allocated during this first round.

Projects are being supported at all three of the public partner institutions – the University of California,
Berkeley; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Research is being pursued in four areas related to exploring the opportunities for production of cellulosic
biofuels: feedstock development; biomass depolymerization; biofuels production; and the socio-
economic impacts of cellulosic biofuels development. The full list of projects and programs may be
found at:
http://www.energybiosciencesinstitute.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=184&Itemid
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65 MW Lincolnshire UK Biomass Power Plant

The UK Minister for Energy has granted approval to Helius Energy to build a £200 million, 65 MW
bioenergy power plant at Stallingborough on the south side of the Humber estuary in Lincolnshire. The
power station will be the first phase of an integrated bioenergy development on a 36 hectare site 4 km
from the port of Immingham. The power plant will use approximately 430,000 tonnes of biomass per
annum and will displace 450,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum, compared with a similarly sized
coal-fired power station. A significant amount of the feedstock required for the Stallingborough plant is
expected to come from within the United Kingdom. The plant will also produce heat, and options to use
the heat produced by the plant, either on site or locally, are being considered. The site will also
incorporate an area dedicated to wildlife conservation. Construction of the plant is expected to
commence in late 2008, with operation expected in 2011. The plant is expected to create 267 full time
jobs during the construction phase and 75 permanent full time jobs working a shift pattern when the plant
is running.


UK Power Producer Drax to Produce 10 Percent of its Electricity from Biomass

Drax, a 4,000 MW coal fired power station near Selby, Yorkshire in the UK has entered into a contract
with Alstom, the French engineering group, to provide the facilities that will allow it to co-fire 1.5
million tonnes of biomass with coal, to allow the power station to produce 10 percent of its electricity
from biomass. The biomass resources will be diverse, using up to 50 different types of biomass,
including willow pellets and agricultural residues. The proponents hope to source over half the biomass
from within the UK. The project will cost £50 million and is regarded as the UK’s largest bioenergy
project, as it will generate 400 MW of electricity when commissioned in late 2009. The project will
benefit from the UK’s Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROC) scheme. See:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/drax-seals-16350m-deal-to-produce-10-per-cent-of-
its-electricity-from-biomass-831102.html


Arizona's Largest Renewable Energy Plant

The 24 MWe Snowflake White Mountain Biomass Power Plant, a wood-fired bioenergy plant located
near Snowflake, Arizona, has commenced commercial operation, supplying Arizona Public Service
(APS) and Salt River Project (SRP) customers. The power plant is owned and operated by Renegy
Holdings, Inc.

At least 75 percent of the Snowflake plant's production will be sourced from forest-thinning occurring on
U.S. forest lands surrounding the communities of Arizona's White Mountains. The thinning efforts are in
support of the Healthy Forest Initiative, a 2003 Federal law enacted following the Rodeo-Chediski fire.
The law was designed to help protect forest lands against catastrophic fires by focusing on responsible
clearing of dense undergrowth and brush in critical areas adjacent to private homes and property.

The remaining 25 percent of the plant's energy output will be generated from unusable, recycled paper
fibres from a nearby paper mill. The mill produces 250 bone-dry tonnes of unusable paper fiber each
day. Prior to being consumed by the Snowflake biomass plant for the production of electricity, the mill's
waste material was landfilled. For further information see http://www.aps.com.


China Operates World’s Largest Anaerobic Digestion System

The world’s largest anaerobic digestion system has been operating in China since January this year at a
cost of US$5.7m. The waste from 10,000 cows generates 30,000 kW- hours of electricity per day as
well as heating for the farm, and 200,000 tonnes of organic fertilizers p.a. The anaerobic digester

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converts the methane into carbon dioxide. This process replaces the use of carbon intensive coal
enabling users to sell carbon credits on the international market.
                                                         Source: http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5599



USA Invests in Biomass R&D

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced combined
investments of up to US$18.4 million, over three years, for 21 biomass research and development
(R&D), and demonstration projects. Grants will help fund the innovative research needed to develop
technologies and systems that lead to the production of bio-based products and biofuels. Grant recipients
are required to raise a minimum of 20 percent matching funds for R&D projects, and 50 percent
matching funds for demonstration projects. See:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/stateoftheunion/2006/energy/index.html.


Finnish Fuel Cell Unit

Wärtsilä will deliver a fuel cell unit powered by biogas, producing electricity and heat to the Vaasa
Housing Fair site in Western Finland. The fuel cell power plant is based on planar solid oxide fuel cell
(SOFC) technology. The plant is said to be the first of its kind in the world. The characteristics of SOFC
technology include a high operating temperature, excellent efficiency and the ability to use several
different fuels, particularly natural gas and biogases. Emissions from a biogas-fuelled fuel cell are very
low, which means that the solution supports the development of sustainable energy technology.


German Targets to 2030

Germany has set a target of covering 10 percent of its natural gas consumption with biogas by 2030, with
an intermediate target of six percent by 2020. To achieve these targets, the Government will improve the
administrative and legal conditions for feeding biogas into the gas network. The gas network access
legislation was modified so that certain costs, previously carried by the biogas producer, must now be
carried by the network operator.

Germany's largest bio natural gas processing plant has begun operation in Könnern, north of Halle. The
company aims to produce over ten million standard cubic metres of biogas annually, and process this to
six million standard cubic metres of bio-methane. The company has invested over nine million Euros in
the pilot project. More information on biogas: www.renewables-made-in-germany.com/en/biogas/


US24.32 Million Cellulose Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $24.32 million for the first cellulosic ethanol
demonstration plant in the northwest United States. Technology to produce ethanol from wheat straw,
wood chips and corn stover will be employed. The plant will be co-located at the site of Pacific
Ethanol’s corn-based ethanol facility in Boardman, Oregon. Production will run at 2.7 million gallons
(10.2 million litres) of ethanol annually, which demonstrates the potential of this technology developed
by BioGasol ApS. Ethanol is produced from a mixture of biomass, which is available in the area of the
Boardman plant. Plant completion is planned for the 4th quarter of 2009.


New Biofuel Specifications

An analysis of current biofuel specifications has been released by the governments of the United States,
Brazil and the European Union (EU). The aim is to facilitate expanded trade of these renewable energy

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sources. The report was commissioned by the U.S. and Brazilian governments and the European
Commission (EC) on behalf of the EU. International fuel standards experts undertook the analysis.

Sixteen specifications for ethanol and 24 for biodiesel are sectioned into three categories according to
overall compatibility. The first category can be considered compatible, the second could be reconciled in
a short period, and the third category is for standards that are currently irreconcilably different. It was
found that the bioethanol and biodiesel standards and specifications are largely compatible and therefore
should be able to transcend obstacles to biofuel trade.
The complete 94-page report, ‘White Paper on Internationally Compatible Biofuels Standards’ is at:
http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/biofuels_report.pdf


The REFUEL – Renewable Fuels for Europe Final Road Map

The REFUEL project is designed to encourage a greater market penetration of biofuels, by developing a
biofuels road map, consistent with EU biofuel policies and supported by stakeholders involved in the
biofuels field. The road map includes work on:
     determining an ambitious, yet realistic target share for biofuels in the fuel mix for EU transport
        in 2030
     finding the least-cost biofuel mix to meet this target, with related biofuels production chains,
        conversion technology, and biomass feedstocks in the EU25+
     assessing the impact of reaching the target share on the main drivers behind biofuels: reducing
        greenhouse gas emissions, increasing security of supply, and socio-economic impacts, especially
        in agriculture
     articulating the key stakeholders, their motives, the actions required from them, the barriers they
        will meet, the optimal timing of their actions
     providing policies needed to mobilise stakeholders, create incentives and reduce barriers.
http://www.refuel.eu/fileadmin/refuel/user/docs/REFUEL_final_road_map.pdf


Forthcoming Events


       Breaking the Chemical and Engineering Barriers to Lignocellulosic Biofuels
        June 25 - 26, 2008
        Washington, D.C., USA
        http://www.ecs.umass.edu/biofuels/
       COGENERATION ASIA 2008
        26-27 June 2008
        Plaza Athenee Bangkok, Thailand
        http://www.ibc-asia.com/cogeneration
       Supergen Bioenergy Research Forum on “Liquid Biofuels”
        Thursday 3 July 2008
        The Wilton Centre, Teesside, UK
        http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net
       Bio Fuels World 2008 Conference & Expo
        9 – 11 July 2008
        Yokohama Japan
        http://www.biofuels.co.jp
       Biogas 2008 – production, use and realizing the NZ potential
        10 July 2008
        Waikato University Campus, Hamilton, NZ
        http://www.bioenergy.org.nz
       Biomass '08 Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Technical Workshop
        15-16 July 2008
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    Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota
    http://www.undeerc.org/biomass08/default.asp
   US National Algae Association Algae Commercialization Business Plan, Research, and
    Networking Forum
    17 July 2008
    Woodlands, Texas
    http://www.nationalalgaeassociation.com
   Climate Change Accounting, Taxation & Corporate Reporting Summit 2008
    28 - 30 July 2008
    Sydney Marriott Hotel
    http://www.iir.com.au
   Biofuels – Feast or Famine
    Australian Engineering Week public event
    18:00 for 18:30 to 20:00, 6 August 2008
    Maritime Museum Auditorium, Darling Harbour Sydney
    http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au
   Jatropha Production to Applications - Jatropha Workshop
    20-21 August 2008
    JW Marriot Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    http://www.cmtevents.com/eventschedule.aspx?id=535&ev=080877&
   Forest Bioenergy - Fuel Supply Chains 2008
    Conference and Exhibition
    27-30 August 2008
    Jyväskylä, Jämsänkoski and Jämsä cities, Finland
    http://www.bioforest.finbioenergy.fi/
   2008 Conference of the International Biochar Initiative
    Biochar, Sustainability and Security in a Changing Climate
    8-10 September, 2008
    Newcastle Civic Center, Newcastle, UK.
    http://www.biochar-international.org/
   Third Annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
    10-12 September 2008
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    http://www.bio.org/ind/pacrim/08/
   IEA Bioenergy Task 31, Task 38 and Task 40 International workshop
    “Woodfuel Supply Chain – Sharing Experience”
    14 -19 September, 2008
    Warwick, UK
    For further information in the first instance contact Stephen Schuck or Annette Cowie.
   IEA Bioenergy Task 39 meeting Monday and Tuesday, September 15-16 in Cork, Ireland.
    For further information contact Steve Schuck.
   Waste 2008 - Waste and Resource Management - a shared responsibility
    16 - 17 September 2008
    Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
    http://www.waste2008.com
   NSW Waste Management and Expo Conference 2008: Resource Recovery for Climate Recovery
    16 - 18 September 2008
    Luna Park, Sydney.
    For further information, please contact:
    Veronica Dullens, Waste Management Association of Australia
    Email: veronica@wmaa.asn.au
   International Summit on Algae Biofuels
    17 - 19 September 2008
    New Delhi, India
    http://www.algaebiofuelsummit.com

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    Biomass World
     23-24 September 2008
     Beijing China
     Email: jaime@cmtsp.com.sg
     http://www.cmtevents.com/
    4th International Conference “Biomass for Energy”
     22-24 September 2008
     Kiev, Ukraine
     http://www.biomass.kiev.ua/conf2008
    3rd BTLtec (Biomass-to-Liquids)
     13-14 October
     Gothenburg, Sweden
     http://www.cmtevents.com/eventschedule.aspx?ev=081051&
    3rd International Pulpwood Resources & Trade Conference
     19 - 21 October 2008
     Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore
     http://www.pulpwoodconference.com
    International Conference on Gasification in Fluidized Beds
     21-27 October 2008
     Xijiao Hotel, Beijing, P. R. China
     Contact: Prof. Dr. Guangwen Xu
     Email: gwxu@home.ipe.ac.cn
    2008 AIChE Annual Meeting - T4 Sustainable Biorefineries Topical Conference
     16 -21 November 2008
     Pennsylvania Convention Center
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
     http://aiche.confex.com/aiche/2008/preliminaryprogram/group_1302.htm
    ATSE Alternative Transportation Fuels for Australia conference
     17-18 November 2008
     RACV conference venue, Melbourne
     http://www.atse.org.au
    Second International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste
     17-20 November 2008
     Venice Italy
     http://www.venicesymposium.it
    Clean Energy Council Conference & Exhibition 2008
     24-26 November 2008
     Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland.
     http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
    IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies 2008
     24 - 27th November 2008
     Singapore
     http://www.icset2008.org
    Asia Pacific Regional ISES 2008
     25-28 November 2008
     Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
    http://www.isesap08.com Email: isesap08@icms.com.au
    International Conference on Biomass Energy Technologies
     29 November to 1 December 2008
     Guangzhou, China
     http://www.newenergy.com.cn/gz/down.asp
    6th international UFOP/BBE-Conference Fuels of the Future
     1-2 December 2008
     Berlin, Germany
     http://www.fuels-of-the-future.com

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      Bioenergy Australia 2008 Annual Conference
       8-10 December 2008
       Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne
       Web: http://www.bioenergyaustralia.org.
       Contact: Stephen Schuck email: sschuck@bigpond.net.au.
    5th International Conference on Combustion, Incineration/Pyrolysis and Emission Control
       16-19 December, 2008
       Chiang Mai, Thailand Email: srk@kmitnb.ac.th
    Bioenergy - II: Fuels and Chemicals From Renewable Resources
       March 8-13, 2009
       Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
       http://www.engconfintl.org/9af.html
    EcoForum Conference & Exhibition
       28 - 30 April 2009
       ATP, Sydney
       Email Quitz@ecoforum.net.au
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Residues


Bioenergy and its role in emission trading report: Bioenergy Australia and RIRDC have jointly
commissioned New Forests Pty Ltd to produce a discussion paper on carbon credit generation and
bioenergy development for the forestry and agricultural sectors. This 18 page paper is to be presented as
a keynote presentation at the 26 June Bioenergy Australia quarterly meeting, which has specific focus on
bioenergy and its role in emission trading. Some 60 members and invitees are expected to attend this
meeting to be held in Canberra. It is anticipated that the presentations from this forum and the discussion
paper will be uploaded onto the Bioenergy Australia web page after the meeting.

IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee meeting to be held in Australia: Australia is scheduled to host
an IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee meeting in October 2011. These ExCo meetings are hosted by
the various member countries on rotation.

Bioenergy Australia Manager interviewed on biofuels: Deutsche Welle Radio's English Language
Service carried an interview on 12 June 2008 on the topic of second generation biofuels in its Living
Planet environmental program. This included an interview with Stephen Schuck, Manager of Bioenergy
Australia. The program segment may be streamed as a podcast from
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3405688,00.html.

$114 million investment by DOE in small-scale cellulosic biorefineries: The U.S. Department of
Energy has announced US$114 million investment in four small-scale biorefinery projects over four
years in Colorado, Missouri, Oregon, and Wisconsin. These projects are expected to produce about 9.5
million litres of ethanol per annum, compared to the 75-115 million litres that a full-sized facility can
produce.

New waste-to-energy plants in Europe: A report from consulting firm Frost & Sullivan claims that the
European waste-to-energy market will continue to grow for at least 10 years and consequently, by 2012,
almost 100 new plants will need to be constructed. Waste-to-energy plants are seen as a viable large-
scale alternative to landfills as legislative changes in Europe. More information: www.frost.com.

Brazil predicts record ethanol production: Brazilian experts are predicting that 2008 will be a record
year for ethanol production from sugar cane. According to the Ministry of Agriculture the amount
produced in Brazil will probably be 15-19 percent higher than last year.

Synthetic fuels in Europe: Volkswagen, Renault and DaimlerChrysler together with technology
company Bosch and oil companies Shell and Chevron and South African synthetic fuel company Sasol
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have formed the Alliance for Synthetic Fuels in Europe to support research and development of
alternative energy resources to car fuel. See: http://www.synthetic-fuels.org/

Sustainability Criteria for Biofuels: The European Association for Bioindustries has introduced an
environmental sustainability criteria for biofuels, an initiative that promises to produce biofuels in a way
that will protect a country’s food security and sustainability of forests, soils and waterways.
Source: http://www.europabio.org/Biofuels/PressBrief/sustainability_criteria-March08.pdf

Two new contracts for Wärtsilä: Wärtsilä has been awarded two contracts by Scottish and Newcastle
(S&N), the major international brewing group, to supply and install equipment for two biomass-fuelled
combined heat and power plants (CHP) using a mixture of spent grain and wood chips from local
sources. The two CHP plants will be located in Manchester and Tadcaster. The CHP plants will each
have a thermal output of 7.4 MWth and an electrical output of 3.1 MWe. When installed, the Wärtsilä
BioPower plants will burn a mixture of spent grain and wood chips.

New synfuel plant in Germany: The Choren group has opened a new Biomass to Liquids production
plant near Freiberg, Germany. Shell, Daimler and Volkswagen are partners in the project. Choren hopes
to produce 18 million litres of synthetic diesel each year using wood residues.

Animation of synthetic diesel production: An animation of the CHOREN process for producing
synthetic diesel from biomass can be seen at http://www.choren.com/swf/carbo_v_en.htm

Sustainability Victoria issues bioenergy report: Sustainability Victoria has released a Biomass
Technology Review prepared by fellow Bioenergy Australia member Crucible Carbon Consulting. The
report indicates major investments in bioenergy technologies in the coming decade. The report is
downloadable from URL:
http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/resources/documents/Biomass_Technology_Review.pdf

US available: The latest issue of the US Newsletter on biomass, Burning Bio News Volume 2, Number
4 is now available and located at http://biomassrules.com/eNews/BBNv2n4.pdf.

Biomass to electricity plant: A two page profile on Celulose Irani’s biomass to electricity plant, a CDM
project in Brazil is available at
http://www.wbcsd.org/DocRoot/DduIe2BsoCmTIV84OKCZ/Irani%20biomass%20project%2C%20Braz
il.pdf

Handbook on E85: The Handbook for Handling, Storing, and Dispensing E85 is now available from the
NREL web page at http://www.nrel.gov/publications/.

The Energetics of Ethanol: A discussion of whether it takes more energy to produce ethanol than is
contained in it can be found at http://www.newrules.org/agri/netenergy.html. The discussion is entitled
The Energetics of Ethanol: Introduction and Link to Studies and is written by David Morris.

Podcast on biochar: A podcast on biochar entitled ‘Black Gold Agriculture’ Aids Farming, Curbs
Warming was made available from May 19, 2008 through the Earth & Sky website at:
       http://www.earthsky.org/radioshows/52507/black-gold-agriculture-aids-farming-curbs-warming.

Japan target for renewable energy: Japan has a national target of producing three percent of its overall
energy supply from renewable sources by 2010. The goal is to supply some 330 MW of bioenergy power
by 2010.

Wood gasifier project: Ararat Rural City Council in Victoria is supporting a waste wood gasifier
project in their Council area. The project will use 200-300 tonnes waste wood per annum diverted from
the local landfill to heat the public indoor pool.



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Dispelling the myths about biofuels: The US Department of Energy has prepared a new fact sheet that
dispels a number of common myths about biofuels. Source:
http://www.foodandfuelamerica.com/2008/04/biofuel-myths-vs-facts.html;
Fact sheet: http://www.energy.gov/media/BiofuelsMythVFact.pdf

Report on biofuels: A report, prepared for the International Energy Agency - Advance Motor Fuels
(IEA-AMF) program, entitled ‘Status and outlook for biofuels, other alternative fuels and new vehicles’
is now accessible through the IEA Bioenergy Task 39's website:
http://www.task39.org/TaskOutputs/Publications/tabid/1806/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Briefing paper on carbon capture and storage: The NSW parliamentary library research service has
issued a briefing paper on carbon capture and storage, outlining policy approaches at the federal level
and in various states. See:
http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/publications.nsf/0/959E4E67AFC1FB63CA25743F00
7EC318/$File/FINAL_CCS%202008.pdf

Largest wood-using bioenergy plant: Europe's largest bioenergy plant that uses only wood is the 66
MW plant in Simmering, Vienna, Austria. The biomass plant, provides sufficient electricity to meet the
needs of 48,000 households and as well as the heating requirements of 12,000 more. The Simmering
biomass plant uses about 190,000 tonnes per annum of wood sustainably harvested from local forests. In
winter when the demand for heat is high, the plant achieves a total efficiency of almost 80 percent with
an electrical gross efficiency of 23 percent. In summer, spring and autumn, the plant generates electricity
only, and attains an electrical gross efficiency of 37 percent.

Sustainability of biofuels: An eight page consensus document on the sustainability aspects of biofuels is
available at:
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/assets/documents/2008/FINAL%20SBC_April_16_2008.pdf

Citrus waste to ethanol plant grant for Xethanol: Southeast Biofuels LLC, a subsidiary of Xethanol,
has received a US$500,000 grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The grant will be used to expand projects which convert citrus waste as the raw material into cellulosic
ethanol. A demonstration plant for converting citrus peel waste into ethanol is being planned by
Xethanol which is negotiating an agreement to locate the plant at an existing citrus facility in Florida at a
cost of approximately US$5.9 million.

Biomass gasifier in Finland: Foster Wheeler Ltd's Finnish subsidiary has been awarded a contract by
NSE Biofuels Oy Ltd. for a circulating fluidized-bed biomass gasifier to be located in Varkaus, Finland.
The plant will be used to convert a wide spectrum of biomass into a clean syngas to be used in a Fischer-
Tropsch process to produce a synthetic diesel. The plant is expected to commence operation in early
2009 and will be integrated into the energy infrastructure of the Stora Enso Varkaus Mill

The Gasifier Experimenters Kit: A Gasifier Experimenters Kit has come on the market and offers
beginners through to experts an easy way build, customize and compare a wide variety of gasification
and pyrolysis reactor types. The kit is built on a modular foundation which allows for easy switching
between common reactor types and operating regimes. Each "reactor type" is a separate assembly that
bolts into a common "gas cowling" base. Within each reactor type, relevant variables are easily adjusted
and sub-assemblies are simply replaced. For further information see:
http://allpowerlabs.org/gasification/gek/index.html

University biomass boiler: The British University of Bradford is in the process of installing a new
£325,000 biomass boiler to replace three existing gas-fired boilers on campus. The boiler is part of a
new £230,000 Energy and Recycling Centre to be housed at the rear of the University's J B Priestley
Library. The University hopes to save 500 tonnes of carbon per year with the installation, which has
been jointly funded by the University and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(DEFRA). The University has chosen to use wood chips as opposed to wood pellets to fire the boilers as
these can be sourced locally, lowering the carbon footprint on delivering the fuel. It is estimated that the

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new boiler will save the University around £6,000/year at 2008 gas prices.

BIOCAP Canada Foundation: The Foundation has released a report "Analysing Ontario Biofuel
Options" prepared by REAP-Canada showing that biomass pellets are more cost-effective for
government incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario, when compared to other
renewable energy incentives in the province. The solid biofuels incentive would outperform existing
incentives for other bioenergy initiatives and for wind and solar power.
See: http://www.biocap.ca/reports/BIOCAP-REAP_bioenergy_policy_incentives.pdf

Microalgae researchers’ network: BEAM is a network of microalgae researchers convened by Mike
Borowitzka at Murdoch University (08 9360 2333). To find out more about the network see
http://wwwscieng.murdoch.edu.au/centres/algae/BEAM-Net/BEAMHOME.html

Biodiesel in Indonesia: Output of palm oil-based biodiesel is expected to nearly double to 1.3 million
tons this year. According to Paulus Tjakrawan, secretary general of the Association of Indonesian
Biofuels Producers, strong demand is expected in overseas markets.

"A Chinese Biogas Manual": This classic book, edited by Ariane van Buren, can now be downloaded
as a zipped 12.6 MB PDF file (made from a microfiche). The site from which you can download it is
created by Alex Weir, and is full of downloads (900+ free downloads) aimed at the 3rd world.
Direct download: 136pp 12 MB http://www.fastonline.org/CD3WD_40/JF/432/24-572.pdf.

Renewal diesel plant in Singapore: Finnish refiner Neste Oil Corporation has selected French oil
services firm Technip as contractor to build a new generation renewable diesel plant in Singapore in
2008. Production capacity will be 800,000 tonnes per year and at an investment of around 550 million
Euros ($900 million).

Response to Framework document: Discussion paper submissions are invited in response to the
Victorian Government’s document “A Regulatory Framework for the Long-Term Underground
Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide in Victoria”. For details, see:
http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/DPI/dpinenergy.nsf/LinkView/6C88D3CDD69B2FB0CA257404000F53B08
66B51F390263BA1CA2572B2001634F9

German report on biofuels: The German UFOP has commissioned a report on the costs, energy input
and GHG emissions of biofuels, aspects which are currently a very topical subject. See:
http://www.ufop.de/english_news.php. This site also contains a series of excellent biodiesel
downloadable reports.

Biogas plants: A portfolio of some 28 biogas plants are described in some technical detail at the web
page (in German), see http://www.biogas-netzeinspeisung.at/anlagenbeispiele/index.html

Biomethane from dairy waste: A Sourcebook for the Production and Use of Renewable Natural Gas in
California by Krich et al., (2005) is available on the Internet and has some valuable information,
especially chapter 3 - Upgrading Dairy Biogas to Biomethane and Other Fuels. See:
http://www.suscon.org/news/biomethane_report/index.asp

Switchgrass production costs: For a new report on switchgrass production costs from Iowa State
University's Prof. Mike Duffy go to:
https://www.extension.iastate.edu/store/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=12708&

Biomass plants in Austria: Cycleenergy has acquired two wood chip CHP facilities in Upper and
Lower Austria, each with an electric capacity of 2 MW.

Agricultural Biomass in Europe: There is a large potential for bioenergy production from agricultural
biomass in Europe. A discussion on the potential from agriculture has been published by the European
Environment Agency (EEA, http://www.eea.europa.eu/) in a 138 page report. Increasing demand for

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biofuels is a concern, however, as pressures are exerted on Europe's environment and farmland
biodiversity.

101-megawatt biomass-powered generator: This combined-heat-and-power facility is currently the
largest biomass-powered generator in the U.K. In January it was acquired by Scottish and Southern
Energy PLC from Slough Heat and Power Ltd. Slough, England, for £49.25 million ($97.7 million). SSE
is the U.K’s second-largest energy supplier.

US$10 million wood pellet plant: In December 2007 New England Wood Pellet LLC opened the
largest wood pellet manufacturing plant in the United States in Schuyler, N.Y. The plant will produce
100,000 tonnes of wood pellets manufactured out of wood waste from 30 lumber mills.
The Schuyler facility is the second for NEWP which operates a 75,000-tonne-per-year wood pellet plant
in Jaffrey, N.H., and a packaging plant in Palmer, Mass. Much of the equipment for the New York plant
was designed in Jaffrey where the company also maintains a research and development facility.

Cellulosic ethanol development: The wholly owned subsidiary of Lignol Energy Corp., Lignol
Innovations Ltd., recently received $6.8 million in additional grants for its cellulosic ethanol
development. Lignol was awarded up to $2.7 million by Sustainable Development Technology Canada,
in addition to the $1.7 million it was awarded earlier. On top of that, the Alberta government granted
Lignol up to $4.1 million in addition to the $870,000 it previously announced in May. Lignol is building
a cellulosic ethanol pilot plant on the campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby.

Kooragang Island fuel facility, Newcastle: Manildra Park Pty Limited is planning a biodiesel
production plant as part of an expansion of its Kooragang Island fuel facility in Newcastle. The proposed
52ML/year biodiesel plant would be the third and final phase of the overall project, which would also see
Manildra refurbish its two existing storage energy alternatives.

$90m electric power plant: The Estancia company plans to build a US$90 million, 35-megawatt
electric power plant in New Mexico, USA that would be fuelled by wood and forest byproducts,
primarily local pine and juniper. Western Water and Power hopes to have the money for construction to
begin building no later than the middle of 2008.

World’s largest landfill gas-to-liquefied natural gas facility: Waste Management Inc. plans to develop
the world's largest landfill gas-to-liquefied natural gas facility. As states such as California require
drivers to cut carbon dioxide emissions, WM’s initiative will potentially reduce dependence on fossil
fuels. The company will invest about $15.5m in the plant, which is expected to begin operations next
year and will produce up to 13,000 gallons (49,200L) of LNG per day.

Plastics, paints and cosmetics from GE plants: CSIRO scientists are making plastics, paints and
cosmetics from a generically engineered plant to produce a fatty acid. In the future CSIRO intends to
use safflowers for this purpose as they are hardy and suited to Australian conditions.

New biomass drying technology: Swiss Group of Companies has announced the development of a
biomass drying technology to be used in the production of wood chips and pellets from eucalyptus and
pine trees in Brazil. The drying method uses electromagnetic radiation, which dehydrates the biomass
without the use of high temperatures. Swiss Group will build its first facility with the new technology
this year, with plans to produce about 200 tonnes of wood chips per hour for European power plants.
Source: http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1393

New Green Vehicle Warranty: Sustainable Fuel Solutions has announced Europe’s first ‘Biodiesel
Warranty’. Backed by AXA Insurance UK plc, this will allow British motorists and fleet owners to use
biodiesel in their vehicles without invalidating manufacturer warranties. Further details at:
http://www.sfuels.com.

E.ON 25 MW power station: E.ON has submitted a planning application to build a 25-megawatt (MW)
biomass-fired power station at Blackburn Meadows in Sheffield, England. The estimated cost of the

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project is $130 million. E.ON is also looking at opportunities to supply heat to neighbouring commercial
and industrial establishments by running the facility as a combined heat and power (CHP) plant. If the
project gets the green light, construction is expected to start early in 2009 with the first power being
produced in 2011.

Algae source for biofuel: A project by MBD Biodiesel to use algae as a new source for biofuels is being
backed by James Cook University and the Queensland Government. The Queensland Cabinet has
announced $166,000 in government funding for the project. A biodiesel plant and algae farm are to be
set up in Townsville.

Emissions estimation manual for boilers: The National Pollutant Inventory has released an updated
manual: Combustion in Boilers - Emission estimation technique manual - Version 3.0 , Department of
the Environment,Water, Heritage and the Arts, March 2008. See:
http://www.npi.gov.au/handbooks/approved_handbooks/fboilers.html

Air France-KLM fly on algae: Biofuel made from algae will be supplied to Air France-KLM by
AlgaeLink in Roosendaal, The Netherlands. A test flight from Amsterdam to London will take place
later this year in a Fokker F50 aircraft. AlgaeLink, a sister company of BioKing and have signed a
cooperation agreement to conduct trials with Air France-KLM.

Airbus to use algae aviation fuels: Airbus, Honeywell, IAE and JetBlue will develop a sustainable
second-generation biofuel for commercial aircraft use. This joint venture will convert biomass and
algae-based oils into aviation fuels. It is anticipated that such fuel could provide up to 30 percent of all
commercial aviation jet fuel by 2030.

First TAFE course in Australia for Biotechnology: The Gordon Institute in Geelong has become the
first TAFE in Australia to provide a research qualification in the field of biotechnology. The course is
ideal for professionals wanting to move into biotechnology without necessarily working within the
practical field. For more information about the course, email courinfo@gordontafe.edu.au.

Biomass hybrid: A Swedish Precer biomass hybrid vehicle has been developed using a Stirling engine.
The wood pellet vehicle uses Solid Biofuel-Powered Vehicle Technology, and is publicised at
http://www.precer.com/Files/Precer%20Data%20Sheet%20C.pdf

Riverina Oils & Bioenergy (ROBE): ROBE is putting forward a proposal for a $75 million facility to
be constructed outside Wagga Wagga. The plant would use 165,000 tonnes of canola and safflower
oilseed a year to produce vegetable oil for the manufacture of biodiesel. It is anticipated that the project
will be operational by 2009.


Opportunities Corner


The Bioenergy Australia manager would like to assist and facilitate biomass and bioenergy projects and
businesses by providing information and industry contacts to link project developers, resources and
energy companies, source of finance and other opportunities. If you or your organisation is interested in
such assistance, please contact Steve Schuck for a free listing. Please note notices are placed using
supplied information, without checking its veracity. Interested parties should make their own enquiries to
verify the information below.
       National Energy Essay Competition
A National Energy Essay Competition has been established by Sydney University’s Warren Centre for
Australians under the age of 31. Major prizes are each worth $20,000, sponsored by Babcock and
Brown Power/Wind Partners and Sumitomo Australia. Entries are sought which provide informed,
creative and enlightened insights and potential solutions to Australia's energy demand and supply future.
This competition is about Australia’s energy future. Specifically it is about the next phase of primary

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energy sources and the future beyond that. It is also about the younger generation and their contribution
to the future of Australia’s energy development. For full details see: http://www.neec.org.au to find out
more about this competition. Entries close 22nd August 2008.
        Expertise and Technologies Sought for Togo West Africa
An association that aims to bring new energy technologies to West Africa seeks to bring biofuel
production companies to grow the raw material in West Africa. Hundreds of hectares of lands are
available for fuel crops production. The compensation is that the contracted company should
industrialise the crop production and twenty-five percent of the allocated land should be used for food
production while the other seventy-five percent can be used for biofuel. UNYSAT- BioFuel can provide
local assistance and co-ordination. Contact: Rachid Mensah, Email: unysat@gmail.com.
        Australian Academy of Science - International grants
Applications are invited from Australian professional scientists to visit Europe, North America and
South East Asia between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2009, to collaborate with researchers in those
countries. Applicants must propose a collaborative research project, or specific activity, which has been
developed in consultation with host scientists. The Duration of the visits must be 14 to 40 days. This
project is supported by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research’s International
Science Linkages – Science Academies Programme. Information, deadlines and application forms are
available on the web site: http://www.science.org.au/internat/programs.htm (to Asia, North America,
Europe) and http://www.science.org.au/internat/europe.htm (to Europe).
        Bio-fuels companies seek resource supplies
A group of companies developing bio-fuels in the South East Asia and Pacific regions is looking for
some specific resources e.g. biomass crop specialists who have working knowledge of Australian and/or
Pacific Islands and any companies known to be operating in Australia that supply gasifiers, Fischer-
Tropsch plant or process engineering specialisation in these types of projects. Contact: Paul Tenukest,
Projects Director, Rand Intex Pty Ltd Sydney, Australia. Email: ptenukest@capitalfex.com.
       Briquettes equipment for sale from India
An Indian company, Jay Khodiyar Machine Tools, is seeking companies interested in purchasing
briquette manufacturing equipment. The briquette presses have a 500-1500 kg/hour capacity. Contact::
Ajay Patel, Email ajay.r.patel@gmail.com or Jay Khodiyar Machine Tools, Email:
jkbriquetting@gmail.com or info@jkbriquettingplant.com. Web: www.jkbriquettingplant.com.
       Research Position Sought
A Ph.D graduate in the area of bioprocess engineering, department of molecular science and material
engineering at Kobe University, Japan, is seeking work as a post-doctoral researcher. Post graduate
study has related to ‘Photobioreactor Design for Effective Production of Natural Antioxidant by Using
Haematococcus pluvialis’, ‘Growth Kinetics Study, Media Optimization, Cost Effective
Photobioreactor Design and Downstream Process Optimization for Production of Spirulina platensis’,
‘Design and Supervision on Construction of a Novel Cost Effective Photobioreactor for Microalgal
Culture’, and ‘Design and Supervision on Construction of an Airlift Photobioreactor for Plant Cell
Culture”. Contact Dr Reza Ranjbar, Email: r_randjbar@yahoo.com.
       Employment Sought
A Brazilian based biofuels researcher with experience in biodiesel technology is seeking employment in
Australia. Contact Dr. Hubert Alvarez, Chemical Institute Laboratory Catalysis & Energy/ Hydrogen,
University Federal of Piaui, Brazil. Email: hubert@iqm.unicamp.br.
       French Undergraduate Student Seeks Work Experience Placement
Benoît de Rouffignac, a second year B.Sc. Agricultural Science student from Angers, France, seeks a
work experience placement in Australia. Email: b.rouffignac@groupe-esa.net
       Ethanol Plant Operator
An Australian citizen living and working in the U.S.A., currently working as an operator at an
ethanol plant, is seeking a job in Australia. Contact is Trev Morris via Email:
kdorcutt@yahoo.com.



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